March 25, 2019

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Rappahannock is green for good reason

One thing we learned from St. Patrick’s Day this year is that Rappahannock County per capita has more Irish-heritage residents — almost 1 in 5 — than any other county in Virginia.From Rappahannock to Rockbridge, Lee County to Louisa, Virginia is home to about 790,000 people with Irish heritage, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That is about 9.5 percent of the state’s total population. […]

Letters to the Editor

Amissville’s generous tradition

So happy to see my sweet hometown in such a positive light! [“Video: Amissville’s holiday tradition of giving”]. The people who participate in this effort every year are among the most generous I know!Thank you, Rapp News, Foothills Forum, Roger Piantidosi and Luke Christopher for this wonderful project! […]


‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ at Hearthstone

The average length of time between the onset of symptoms for a mental health condition and actually receiving treatment is 10 years. In any given year, only twenty percent of children with a diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder receive treatment. Almost one-third of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder during his or her lifetime. How can we help? […]

Doing Good Together

Doer Profile: A periodic feature Roberta Anderson

Proudest Achievement: “Getting the new library built in 1991 without any debt. I was the construction coordinator, visiting the building site almost daily, but it took a real team effort with the Friends of the Library, the Library Board and many other involved citizens.” […]

Washington Column

Washington column for March 21

In 1944, Arye’s parents escaped to a village in western Czechoslovakia. A local priest agreed to hide his parents, but not Arye as he posed too much of a risk. A local shepherd and his wife agreed to take Arye but required that he dress like a female and change his name to Annicka in order to avoid suspicion from the townspeople. […]


Gary Settle comes home — for a short time, at least

Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Gary T. Settle returned home last Saturday for his first public speaking engagement in Rappahannock County since his appointment by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam fifteen months ago. “Anytime I can come home on a weekend and be with you folks it’s always a blessing for me,” said the superintendent. […]


Rappahannock resident ‘Unlikely Pilgrim’

“Unlikely Pilgrim,” best described as a travelogue, is an account of eleven trips — pilgrimages, actually — taken by two good friends, one of Rappahannock County, over the course of twenty years to rarely traveled regions of the Middle East and Europe. Often spontaneous, always unplanned, Alfred S. “Al” Regnery and his travel companion walked, hitchhiked, bicycled, and on occasion drove to sites rich in the history of Western Civilization, Christianity and Islam. […]


Winter and Spring colliding

Spring officially arrived in Rappahannock County at 5:58 p.m. last evening (Wednesday), not that anybody noticed. Many residents woke up to a light coating of snow Monday morning, with deeper amounts in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge, where snow showers persisted throughout the day. […]

Horse/Equine News

Ben Venue dubbed ‘pre-Gold Cup Gold Cup’

The Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point races are rounding the bend, set for Saturday, April 6, at Ben Venue Farm. Considered by steeplechase horsemen the “pre-Gold Cup Gold Cup,” the Ben Venue races are a major bookend of the region’s social calendar, knitting sport on the racecourse with sport at railside. […]

Foothills Forum

CCLC looks to broaden children, family reach

Rappahannock’s population trends have not been good news for the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC). In fact, there have been times in recent years when the nonprofit, which has been providing day care and education for young kids in the county since the 1970s, has faced the prospect of shutting down because it didn’t seem it would be able to sustain the enrollment needed to keep operating. […]

School/Education News

Rappahannock students win prestigious writing competition

Two Rappahannock County students received awards at the University of Virginia Fralin Museum of Art’s Writer’s Eye 2018 competition. The awards were presented Sunday in Charlottesville. Roxie Beebe-Center of Woodville won a third place award in the middle school (grades 6-8) prose category for “By the Motel Pool.” She attends Grymes Memorial School in Orange. […]

School/Education News

School news for March 21

Hearthstone’s middle school students will use drama, photography and art to share stories of kindness, creativity and courage from their March 6th service trip to Puerto Rico; while accompanied by a Virginia State Police trooper, students had the opportunity to drive a State Police golf-cart simulator through an obstacle course of cones; and over on the West Coast, Holly Jenkins presented at the 2019 Napa Valley Student Wellness Conference. Like her teammates in Charlottesville, she presented each of the program’s three key areas: cafeteria, classroom, and community. […]

School/Education News

Grimsley crowned Rising Star

Rappahannock County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Shannon Grimsley was presented with the Women Education Leaders in Virginia 2019 Rising Star Award March 15th at the 20th Annual WELV Conference in Charlottesville. The award is presented to a woman educator who demonstrates the traits of an outstanding leader, strong commitment to students, inspires other women educators. […]

Rappahannock Weather

Today is forecast to be Much Cooler than yesterday. Cloudy, periods of rain.
Monday 70%
High 58° / Low 32°
Showers this morning, becoming a steady rain during the afternoon hours. High 58F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
Tuesday 0%
High 50° / Low 27°
A mainly sunny sky. High near 50F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

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Local Events This Week

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  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Lenten study/Poluck dinner

    March 27, 2019  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    St Stephen's Episcopal Church, 115 N East St, Culpeper, VA 22701, USA
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  • Community Conversation on Aging

    March 28, 2019  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, 3748 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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  • Movie Night at Scrabble School

    March 29, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    111 Scrabble Rd, Boston, VA 22713, USA
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  • "After the Storm" performance

    March 29, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Hearthstone School, 11576 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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  • Harvey the rabbit

    March 29, 2019  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    RAAC Community Theater, 310 Gay St, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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